LEAD is a new initiative launched by the Labour Party to increase female participation in Maltese Parliament.

LEAD is being led by MEP Miriam Dalli, after the project was entrusted to her by Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party Joseph Muscat. On launching the project, Joseph Muscat said it does not sit right that half of the Maltese population is not fairly represented in terms of gender, commenting that the representation of women is so low that if one compared the situation to districts it was similar to having no representatives from the South of Malta, or the North of Malta.

This project aims to increase Labour’s female candidates to 50% by the 2027 General Election, it will be the party’s next step in the journey towards feminizing Maltese politics.

To give context to the urgency of the matter, not only on a national level but on a  global level, there are only 11 women heads of Government (5.7%) and 11 women heads of state (7.2%) in the world.

LEAD is a ten-year plan, which will be recruiting women from the age of 16 and over to participate in the initiative with one very simple commitment: to contest an election for local councillors, MEPs or for MP in the General Election with the Labour Party.

The project will support the chosen participants through on the ground experience such as door-to-door canvassing, and media exposure as well as a nationwide awareness campaign led by the participants themselves. The participants will each be assigned a mentor to coach the candidates through various stages of political life, from networking to meeting with the people the candidates will hopefully one day represent.

LEAD has been described as the most feminist initiative from a Maltese political party and we are proud to have started this initiative. This is the first step towards creating a more representative voice in one of Malta’s highest institutions.

Presentation delivered by Dr. Miriam Dalli during Labour Party's General Conference can be downloaded from here.